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Terra future 2010 focusses on linked data

UK: Highlighting the key role of geographic information (GI) in the development of linked data over the Web was the focus of Terra future 2010 seminar at Ordnance Survey’s Business Centre. Over 100 delegates from business, government and academia attended Terra future – Forging Links along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Professor Nigel Shadbolt.

Seminar hosted a discussion on linked data as a new means of publishing and connecting data on the Web. This rapidly growing area recognises geography as being important as a means to help link data. Delegates were given a gentle introduction to both linked data and geographic information, starting with Tom Heath of Talis giving an overview of linked data. Chris Parker, Innovation Manager at Ordnance Survey, gave a brief summary of the GeoVation initiative and how it can embrace innovations that include linked data. Delegates also heard Silver Oliver of the BBC giving a description of how the BBC is already using linked data, including how they have linked to Ordnance Survey data.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt shared their vision for the recently announced ‘making public data public,’ government initiative. Sir Tim Berners-Lee emphasised that geospatial data was really important, but it is only a fraction of the data out there.

Terra future – Forging links was organised by Ordnance Survey’s Research team, with the aim of bringing the GI community and linked data community closer together. For more information, visit the Terra future website. It will be updated in the next two weeks to include summaries of the day, including Twitter tweets made as the seminar took place.

Source: Ordnance Survey